Thursday, June 26, 2008

Conservatives Need to "Get Smart"

No, I haven’t seen the movie “Get Smart” yet, but the title is all too true regarding this November’s election. Too many of you out there continue to say that you will not vote for Senator McCain and that you are tired of voting for the lesser of two evils. I feel your pain. But a vote for a third-party candidate is a vote for Obama. Staying at home and not voting helps elect Obama. And when it comes to the future of our country, helping Obama win is just plain dumb.
Take the recent Supreme Court decision which makes enemy combatants entitled to all the rights of U.S. Citizens when it comes to trying them for their crimes. That decision, 5-4, illustrates how precarious the balance is on the Supreme Court. We need a few more conservative, strict constructionist SCOTUS members. What are the chances of that with a President Obama?
Politics is not black and white, and no candidate is perfect. I noticed that Dr. Dobson is now criticizing Senator Obama, but Dr. Dobson also said that he would not vote for Senator McCain during the primary. If James Dobson truly cares about our country, he should immediately come out and endorse Senator McCain and admit that he was wrong. Sadly, many conservative leaders are more concerned with being “kingmakers” than with making the best choice for our future. This election is too important. The differences between McCain and Obama are obvious. Senator McCain would be a wonderful Commander in Chief for our military. National security should be everyone’s top issue.
Hopefully, as this campaign progresses, the truth about Senator Obama will cause you to wake up. He is dangerous on national security, he is dangerous to our economy, he is dangerous on social issues, and he would be a disaster for the U.S. Supreme Court. Please think about that. And please get smart.


Chris said...

Denise, you are right. I can't believe that we chose McCain as our nominee, but now that we have, the alternative is too scary. I will vote for McCain.

Anonymous said...

Right ON, Denise. The choice is clear.

Alex D said...

I couldn't agree more. Initially, I hadn't supported McCain, but I realize now after hearing him speak in Houston that he is more conservative than I thought. His solutions to our country's problems make sense and he will keep us safe and ensure our domestic freedoms whereas Obama will not. I like Dr. Dobson, but I also disagree with his statements about McCain during the primary. He should focus on McCain's strengths and not where he falls short considering the scary alternative.

Brian Crumby said...

Denise, you are right, once again.

We conservatives had our shot in the primary. We did not work together as we needed to in order to elect a conservative as our nominee (you did your best to warn us and lead us) and John McCain won.

Not voting or a vote other than FOR John McCain is helping Barack Hussein Obama.

You have done an excellent job of serving and leading as our TX National Committee Woman. Thank you for 8 years of service. I hope you continue, in helping us right this wonderful experiment of liberty we call America.

Anonymous said...

I have stated the same thing you did, Denise, since it was clear that McCain had won the primary. The future of America is at stake. There might not be an America to "take back" in four years if McCain is not elected. Our nation is too important to sacrifice to our own egos and "convictions."


Anonymous said...

I disagree. A vote for McCain is a particpation and condoning of the Republican Party's move to the left. I refuse to participate in the ruining of America. I will vote for a 3rd alternative. People are fed up with holding their noses, as McCain's own mother put it, and choosing the lessor of two evils. Why would I want to vote for an evil anything to begin with? We need to show the other states that chose McCain before the primary made it to Texas, (causing other candidates to drop out), that we will not accept their nominee, and hereby demand that they move back to the right in future elections where the party belongs, if they ever want a real Republican again in their lifetimes, which is NOT a certainty. Until this happens, Democrats will rule. McCain might as well be a Democrat. I understand the Supreme Court argument, but what makes you think McCain will nominate conservative judges any more than Obama? You actually believe anything McCain says about anything? THAT's dumb. Go do a youtube search on 'mccain flip flops' and watch thousands of videos pop up. They're calling his bus the 'flip flop express.' It's a bigger crap shoot with McCain than the known liberal Barack Obama. Would you condone your daughter dating a pot-smoker just because pot isn't as bad as crack? I accept neither candidate.

Jarrod Atkinson said...

Denise, I'm going to focus on the Supreme Court decision with a little story about the Straw Poll.
Duncan Hunter stated during his speech at the Arlington Republican Club where he stated that we need to station ICBM-disabling warships (created by George Lucas…) off the coast of China so we could be safer (what would we do if the situation was reversed?). I listened to Duncan Hunter tell everyone at the Straw Poll, to which I was a guest, that the Liberals want to give the detainees at Guantanamo "rights." He received thunderous applause for his contention that the detainees shouldn't receive rights under the US Constitution or under the Geneva Conventions.
Anyway, the couple next to me was wildly applauding Congressman Hunter's fiery prose, while I sat stoic taking in the event. After basically saying that the accused terrorists had no rights, I leaned over to the couple and asked, "If they have no rights, why don't we just kill them?" They loved the idea. "Yeah, we should!!!"
This scares me. We have to value human life, even if they're Muslim. I can't imagine that God agrees that one of His creations is exempt from the rights that we as Americans enjoy. While I'm not a fan of an agreement like NAFTA or the Geneva Conventions, or an institution like the NAU that supersedes the Constitution, I'm not sure that we can't grant them any rights.
I know that my statements here don't jibe with you and many of the other Republicans whom I know and greatly respect, but I have to put it out there. There's a slippery slope ending with the suspension of the rights of everyone who doesn’t agree with whoever is in power.
My first statement when Marjorie told me about the Supreme Court’s decision at the Convention was, “When did we annex Iraq?” I think that that was an appropriate reaction, but we have to realize that we are engaged in a police action in Iraq. As my brother contends, he’s there and fighting, aside from his commitment to his fellow soldiers, because the Iraqis need us to be there; they wouldn’t defend themselves without our presence. So, the people whom we detain or arrest in Iraq should have rights under the Iraqi Constitution. We can’t just take people from their homes and allow them no rights. Should the people our soldiers arrest in Iraq be subject to a Constitution based in the US or Iraq? Probably Iraq.
The problem may lie in the fact that our soldiers haven’t read the Iraqi Constitution. Maybe the solution is to give them the training and education necessary to carry out the due process proscribed by the Iraq Constitution. Iraqis have to have some rights, otherwise, we should just kill them. If they don’t have rights, then the soldiers shouldn’t be held responsible for violations of non-existent rights. The problem is that genocide is politically unpopular. And is morally repugnant. And certainly would not make us safer here in America.
One larger implication in the Court’s decision (and I may be reaching here) is that they essentially said that our Constitution is the Constitution of the World. Well that’s just odd.
The decision also tacitly condones our actions in Iraq. The Court could have said that we shouldn’t be in Iraq in the first place because Congress did not declare war, declaring it an unconstitutional war. I know that the whole idea of declaring war is out of fashion, but the Constitution expressly grants that power to the Legislature, not the President.

Anonymous said...

I can’t understand why more people can’t see it. McCain is the Frog Boiler!

What do I mean? There is an old allegory about how to boil a frog. It is said that if you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water it will immediately jump out.

But if you drop a frog in water that is slightly warm and turn up the heat gradually then the frog just sits there and lets itself be boiled alive, without attempting to jump out of the pot, without even knowing that it is indeed being boiled alive.

This allegory has been applied again, and again regarding the American people’s reaction to liberalism/socialism. And it is pretty clear who is who if you apply this allegory to this year’s election.

So let's vote for the candidate who will make the frog jump out of the pot so we can have a true conservative in 2012. Otherwise we will all get gradually boiled alive.

After all it took Carter to get us Reagan.